Photoshop CS5 Finishing Touches for Photographers By Dave Cross

2 hr 9 min
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Take your photography from “Whoa!” to “WOW!” Learn today’s hottest techniques used by top creative pros to add jaw-dropping finishing touches to your photographs. Learn to create stylistic edge effects, HDR effects, vignette effects, editable templates, and many other creative finishing touches that will take your photography to a whole new level!

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Join Dave as he welcomes you to the class with an overview of the kinds of techniques he will teach you in the lessons to follow.
Everyone needs to know the basics, from setting up Camera Raw to using layer masks, before moving on to the more advanced finishing touches. Many techniques build on other concepts, so make sure you start with a firm foundation.
Learn a few different ways of achieving an almost HDR-like effect with a single image using layer blending modes, layer masks, sharpening, and HDR toning that can be applied to any type of photo.
Applying one or more filters to a layer mask can create cool edge effects.
Building on the previous lesson, Dave shows another approach for creating edge effects using smart objects and smart filters for more flexibility.
Learn how you can use the Brush tool to create eye-catching edge effects without painting by hand.
Building on the previous lesson, Dave demonstrates that you can stroke a path with other tools for even more interesting results.
Use the Mask panel to tweak existing layer masks and take your effects to new places.
Content Aware Fill can clean up a photo to turn it into a background for a multi-image layout made from a single photo.
In a variation of the previous lesson, Dave shows how you can also use Content Aware Scale and smart objects to create a multi-image layout from a single photo.
Create a custom pattern from an element in your main photo to create a background for a layout.
Create custom edge effects with the Mixer brush and a layer mask that is editable and reusable with other photos.
Here's a cool technique for a flexible vignette effect using a curves adjustment layer and the Mask panel.
Building on previous techniques, Dave shows you how to create a flexible layout template that includes interesting edges and a border effect.
Use the Blend If sliders and blend modes to add interesting textures to your photo with a high degree of control and versatility.
Watch as Dave shows you how to use the flexibility of smart objects to create a library of effects that are ready to use in other projects.
Dave provides a quick recap of the class.
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Dave Cross


For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught Photoshop,Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Ce...

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  1. Profile photo of Downtown Pearl Downtown Pearl

    Excellent – one of the best workshops on the site! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of Doug Dillon Doug Dillon

    Great job Dave!!! I’ve watched this before and you give so many great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Sandy Hansen Sandy Hansen

    Dave is a really good teacher! Just wish he would tell us every little keyboard short cut he is using. You can see he just clicked on something but he does not tell you and for use beginners, it would help a lot for us to follow along to know everything he is clicking on the keyboard PLEASE! —- No, I’d keep it between us

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    love it

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    Dave Cross is a genius! GREAT speaker. a linguist, and speaks with such authority! I love to listen to him. Diction, and a great command of the English language. AND………of course, such good things to say. I thought I knew most everything (ha), but took several pages of notes as he was speaking. Thanks Dave. Nice stuff.

    sarah musumeci

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